Revolutionary in more ways than one, the new Beijing Daxing International Airport is based on a unique, compact and centralized terminal concept. Its vertical construction, imagined by ADP Engineering with the Zaha Hadid Architects firm and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, makes all its difference. Close-up on this spectacular project.
Located 46 kilometers from the Chinese capital, this huge airport platform is designed by ADP Engineering, in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. The futuristic looking starfish structure will serve to relieve congestion at Beijing Capital International Airport, with its four runways and 268 parking spaces. Deployed over 700,000 m2, its terminal, which is developing vertically, is covered with a coppery roof in one piece representing the surface of 25 football fields, with a skylight arranged in the middle. A metro/TGV station is directly installed just below. Placing the passenger at the heart of the design, its clever conception allows users to reach the most distant door in less than 8 minutes after passing through security. Indeed, the spaces, connected by a central courtyard, limit movement. Five walkways and 79 doors help travelers find their way to the center of the terminal without using trains or shuttles. Six structures with plant forms cross the building. They help support the whole and serve as skylights. Innovative and respectful of the environment, the terminal is equipped with, among other things, photovoltaic panels and a rainwater recovery system.